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Assessing the stability of canopy maps produced from UAV-LiDAR data


Wallace, L, Assessing the stability of canopy maps produced from UAV-LiDAR data, Proceedings of 2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 21-26 July 2013, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 3879-3882. ISBN 978-1-4799-1114-1 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2013.6723679


The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a remote sensing platform offers a unique combination of high resolution data collected within relatively low cost targeted missions. This paper investigates the use of UAV-borne Light Detecting and Ranging (LIDAR) systems (UAVL) as a platform to gain knowledge of the canopy structure within forested environments. Repeat datasets were collected with a UAVL system over six Eucalyptus Globulus plots with varying levels of canopy cover. The relative stability of four metrics for estimating canopy structure, First Cover Index (FCI), Last Cover Index (LCI), a Grid based method (GCI) and an Alpha shape based method (ACI) were assessed using these repeat datasets. It is shown that the repeatability of the GCI metric is subject to variations in plot level point density (standard deviation of 4.06 %). Instabilities in the FCI (1.91 %) and LCI (2.28 %) metrics were found to be related to the properties of the sensor and the lasers interaction with the canopy. The ACI metric (1.86 %) was found to be the most stable.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:nnmanned aerial vehicles, LiDAR, forestry, canopy cover
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Wallace, L (Dr Luke Wallace)
ID Code:89843
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-03-17
Last Modified:2014-08-05

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